Argyll and Bute's Community Food Growing Strategy Consultation
This consultation is now closed and we thank you for your views. We are now analysing your responses and will publish feedback in due course.
Your feedback will contribute to the first Argyll and Bute Community Food Growing Strategy, which is required under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, to be finalised by April 2020.
We invited residents of Argyll and Bute to give their views on our draft strategy which can be found below:
Argyll and Bute Council recognise that there are a number of good community food growing facilities already in place in the area and the aim of the strategy is to help inform us on how we can support and facilitate further activity.
The Argyll and Bute Community Food Growing Strategy’s vision is to encourage and enable people in our community who wish to grow their own food, by providing: information on potential community food growing spaces, advice and guidance.
Message from Councillor Aileen Morton – Leader of Argyll and Bute Council
“I am pleased to introduce the Argyll and Bute Council Community Food Growing Strategy, which we have a duty to produce by April 2020 as set out in Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
“As a rural local authority with 23 inhabited islands, we have a long established culture of growing our own food, with its multitude of benefits from the availability of nutritious and affordable food to social, health and environmental benefits.
“I’m impressed with the variety and range of growing spaces we have in Argyll and Bute, including allotments, community gardens, school gardens, orchards, crofts allied with the use of vacant sites, adding life to otherwise forgotten spaces.
“As a council, we are committed to assisting individuals and community groups to achieve their goal of growing their own and have put in place a number of measures to help achieve this.
“Our Community Food Growing Strategy will contribute to Scotland’s wish to become a Good Food Growing Nation by enabling those people interested in growing their own to enjoy and benefit from nutritious, healthy food.
“I am pleased to promote our culture of growing our own food through the Argyll and Bute Council Community Food Growing Strategy and to acknowledge productive growing activity while also empowering people and community groups to take up the challenge.”